Brother of murder victim speaks out

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Updated: 6/17 11:33 pm
RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- The brother of a woman who was murdered inside a Reno hotel is speaking out after learning his sister's boyfriend, who police allege is responsible for the brutal killing, was convicted of murdering his fiance over two decades ago and granted parole just months ago.

"God draws near to the broken hearted and he does give comfort," said James Huffine

Three days after learning his sister Caroline was brutally murdered, James Huffine's heart turns to the only place he can find comfort. "She had a kind heart. I know my family up in Montana are effected, I could hear it in my sister Phylis' voice."

Police say 61-year-old Zollie Edward Dumas admitted to killing Caroline after the couple had a heated argument on June 15, seven months after Dumas was released from federal prison. He was paroled for the 1988 murder of his fianceè in southern Nevada. Connie S. Bisbee, who chairs the Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners, released the following statements:

"With respect to the parole process, each inmate is considered for release based on factors specific to his or her case. The board considers the institutional adjustment of each inmate to include disciplinary history as well as program participation, prior criminal history, and release plans."


"He (Dumas) had a positive institutional record and had stable release plans as reasons for granting parole."


"Apparently he wasn't or he wouldn't have killed my sister," said Huffine. "He played it 100 percent. Sadly, he played it like a fiddle."

Huffine admits that he fell for it, too. "Last week I even talked to her, I visited her and even shook the his hand. I thought he was an up and up citizen again, I was even fooled."

But Huffine said the state should have somehow made Caroline and her family aware about Dumas' past. "If I had to do it all over again, knowing what I know now, I would have chased him away. Tell him to get away from my sister. You did it once you have no right near my sister."

"Her life was taken from her, she has no voice. I'll be that voice for her."

The Nevada DPS Parole and Probation said Dumas had been reporting to the Reno office monthly, and was considered to be in compliance. The board said its goal in all cases is that offenders selected for parole are able to successfully reintegrate back into the community.

Dumas is currently booked in the Washoe County Jail on a parole violation pending the investigation. No court date has been set and he is being held without bail.
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EdPPP - 6/18/2014 9:07 AM
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There are public criminal records on everyone. It's not the state's job to call you up every time an ex-con talks to you. It's your job to look them up on public search sites like Peoplefinder or Intellius where I did a simple search to find out he lived in Vegas and has a relative named Elizabeth and for more money they will give you his entire criminal record.

t bone - 6/18/2014 5:33 AM
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Dumas should never-ever have been released. I've been a witness to a similar situation in Georgia. An ex-con (who lived next to me) shot his wife and was released from an Indiana penitentiary after seven years. He brought home a girl after meeting her at a bar. He accused her of stealing his money and beat her badly. She managed to escape and was crying out for help - then ran down a darkened highway. I came outside at the same time he came outside - with a paring knife, saw me, then ran back inside. Yes, he was planning on killing her. I followed her until I caught up to her. She was stabbed and beaten on the face. We contacted the police and he was eventually sentenced to 20 years w/o parole. I wasn't a "hero", but my concerns (rather than simply to ignore her howls) did save her life. I was unnerved since I had no idea of what I was getting myself into after hearing her traumatic cries but the truth is that many of these types of "people" are cowards who prey on women. Ironically, the landlord and I searched his apartment and found the money that he claimed that she stole. We never reported the money to the police, instead we gave the money - $275 to her. No way should convicted murderers ever be released, especially men who have proven to be bully murderers. My sympathy and sorrow goes out to the family and to her brother. Nevada's penal system is by far too lax and should be held fully accountable. An execution of this murderer long ago, would have saved her life.
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